Dissertation Title: Normative Continuity and Change in Global Sport Governance: The Institutionalization of 'Gender Equality' by World Athletics
Doctoral Supervisors: Professors Benedict Kingsbury
Michele is a JSD Student at NYU, where she is studying as a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and a John P. Humphrey Fellow. She holds an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU, a JD from the University of Ottawa, an MA from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, and a BA in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University.
A Canadian lawyer, Michele has clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the International Court of Justice in The Hague. She has also carried out research fellowships at organizations such as UN Peacekeeping (Justice and Corrections Section), the Canadian Red Cross (Humanitarian Law Unit), and Global Affairs Canada (Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division).
Michele’s research interests include transnational law, global governance, human rights, and feminist legal theory.
Michele’s doctoral research unites her background in international law and global governance, her commitment to equality and social justice, and her experience in competitive athletics. The broad theme of her research is the promotion of the rights and interests of systemically marginalized groups in transnational, supranational, or global – rather than simply international – legal systems. In particular, Michele is examining the global and multiplex legal regime governing high performance sport and the accountability deficits therein, which allow gender inequality, in its many forms, to persist in that context. On the basis of this examination, she aims to propose specific normative frameworks, institutional arrangements, and legal advocacy strategies for holding sport regulatory authorities accountable to the rights and interests of women athletes and gender equality more broadly.
Michele’s dissertation will draw on and further develop an emerging field of legal theory and practice known as global administrative law – the study of the mechanisms, principles, practices, and supporting social understandings that shape and constrain the exercise of power by global regulatory bodies, which are not directly subject to the control of national governments or domestic legal systems. Working within the realm of global public law, Michele hopes to contribute to the development of innovative solutions to transnational and supranational accountability problems, as a means of advancing equality in an increasingly globally regulated world.